• Important Watches  auction at Christies

    Sale 2212

    Important Watches

    15 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 366

    PATEK PHILIPPE. A FINE RARE AND UNUSUAL STAINLESS STEEL ANIT-MAGNETIC CONVERTIBLE WRISTWATCH WITH DETACHABLE LUGS

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, MOVEMENT NO. 730940, CASE NO. 2619830, REF. 3419, MANUFACTURED IN 1961

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    PATEK PHILIPPE. A FINE RARE AND UNUSUAL STAINLESS STEEL ANIT-MAGNETIC CONVERTIBLE WRISTWATCH WITH DETACHABLE LUGS
    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, MOVEMENT NO. 730940, CASE NO. 2619830, REF. 3419, MANUFACTURED IN 1961
    Cal. 27 AM 400 nickel-finished lever movement stamped twice with the Geneva seal, 18 jewels, free sprung gyromax balance, silvered matte dial, baton numerals, subsidiary seconds, circular water-resistant-type case, a inner screw ring allowing for the easy change of the bracelet, screw back, case, dial and movement signed, 18 white gold Patek Philippe buckle
    34mm diam.


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    With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1961 and its subsequent sale on July 13 of the following year.
    To the best of our knowledge the present watch has never before been offered in public.

    This watch has never been offered at auction before and is one of only six examples of reference 3419 with anti-magnetic calibre to appear in public to date.

    This unusual model was designed to allow the easy change of the leather bracelet against a metal version by unscrewing a metal ring fixed onto the case back and revealing the lugs, hence its name "convertible".
    Reference 3419 was introduced into the market in 1960, the same year as the anti-magnetic calibre 27-AM 400, an improved version of the 1958 calibre 12 400.

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